||"Fond memories of my childhood include walking through the woods with my family to the last remaining chestnut tree. Finding burs that were open was more fun than finding Easter eggs. Naturally, we would eat some of the nuts and cram others in our coat pockets. Weeks later we might find a nut down in one of our pockets and enjoy an unexpected snack. The American chestnut is a great American heritage. It would be wonderful to restore it."
Hugh Thomasson is founder and chairman of the board of Thomasson Lumber Company, as well as an Eagle Scout, Elder in the First Presbyterian Church, and former president of various associations, including the Philadelphia Rotary Club. He is also cofounder of the Philadelphia United Way and has been a football official for 45 years. Hugh is a resident of Mississippi.